November 2014 elections are quickly approaching and two states already have proposed
ballot initiatives which are of interest to the dental education community.
ballot initiative to remove fluoride from the public water system in
Colorado has been under discussion. Specifically, the proposed ballot
initiative as originally drafted read:
“Be it enacted by the people of the
State of Colorado: There shall not be the artificial introduction of fluoride
or fluoride by-products into any Colorado public water system.”
The draft language went through revisions
before the final
text for proposed initiative #125 was approved. However, on August 4, the
proponents failed to gather
the 86,105 valid signatures required for the proposed measure to appear on the
November ballot. According to senior staff from the Colorado Secretary of
State’s Office, the proponents may bring a similar measure forward again, but
not until 2016 as non-fiscal ballot measures can only be brought during even
A New Jersey Prohibition of
Healthcare Coverage Mandates Amendment could appear on the November 2014
ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The
measure, if approved, would prohibit state or federal law or regulation from
compelling a person to obtain, provide or participate in healthcare coverage. Two
legislatively-referred constitutional amendments have been proposed for
consideration in the 2014 legislative session, A.C.R. 14 and S.C.R. 59.
In New Jersey, proposed constitutional amendments have two ways of
achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature can either qualify it with
supermajority approval of 60% in one legislative session or with simple
majorities in two successive sessions.
A.C.R. 14 was
introduced on January 16, 2014, and has been referred to the Assembly Health
and Senior Services Committee for further consideration. S.C.R. 59 was
introduced on February 25, 2014, and has been referred to the Senate Commerce
Committee for further consideration.